Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, wouldn't say this morning whether he would endorse his former running mate Sarah Palin, should she pursue her own presidential bid.
On the CBS' "The Early Show" this morning, McCain said that Palin would be an "outstanding candidate." He added, however, that "neither she nor I would want to say I would endorse her at this time."
"I'm very grateful for all the things she's done to invigorate our party," McCain said. "But I think it's very early to start picking winners and losers. But she will continue to play a major role in the American political scene."
Palin has remained part of the national political dialogue this year by using her prominence to influence key congressional races,. Speculation over whether the former Alaska governor would start a bid for the presidency, and Palin herself has what it would take to get her in the race.
McCain said today he holds Palin in the "highest regard" and will "continue to be entertained by the attacks of the liberal media against her."McCain to GOP: Don't Run Victory Lap Yet
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Stephanie Condon is a political reporter for CBSNews.com. You can read more of her posts here. Follow Hotsheet on Facebook and Twitter.